The roof of Exeter Cathedral Chapter House

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The roof of Exeter Cathedral Chapter House

The Cathedral’s early 13th-century Chapter House suffered a major fire in 1413; its upper parts and roof were all rebuilt in the 15th century. This seems to have been a long process; the glass was added in c. 1460-80, whilst the roof bears the coat of arms of Bishop Booth (1465-78).

The roof is of oak. It is low-pitched, with tie beams (large horizontal timbers) supported on arch-bracing. The slopes of the roof are divided into square panels, each painted in imitation of the fan vaults used in contemporary stone vaults.

Acknowledgments: Exeter City Museums

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